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Q: What do the German colour abbreviations mean when reading a horse’s pedigree or bloodline?
German breeders use the following abbreviations to describe a horse’s colouring:
• bay = b (short for braun)
• dark brown = schwb (schwartzbraun)
• brown bay = db (dunkelbraun)
• chestnut = f (fuchs)
• dark chestnut = df (dunkelfuchs)
• black = r (rappe)
• grey = sch (schimmel)
In addition, S is used to indicate a mare (short for stute or stutfohlen), and H is used to indicate an ungelded male (short for hengst or hengstfohlen).
The abbreviation “stm” may be used to indicate height measured with a stick (stockmass in German).
This article was first published in Horse & Hound (12 November, ’09)
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